1 small Turkish cucumber, sliced into ¼ inch slices (about ½ cup)
handful tender herbs, torn (tarragon, dill, Italian parsley, celery leaves, or mint or a mix)
1 ounce simple syrup (see note)
4 ounces Vodka or Gin
½ ounce Chartreuse (or an Anise flavored liqueur)
1 ½ ounce fresh lemon or lime juice
splash celery bitters ( optional)
Garnish- 2 thin slices Turkish cucumber (use a veggie peeler) and violets
Place cucumber and herbs in a shaker and muddle with the simple syrup.
Add Vodka, Chartreuse, fresh lemon Juice and the celery bitters.
Fill with ice and shake well.
Strain through a fine mesh strainer into two chilled glasses. Serve up.
To make simple syrup, mix 1 part water with 1 part sugar ( or honey) and for a delicious twist, add some fennel frods ( the green leaves and stems from a fennel bulb). Stir over medium heat until sugar dissolves. The longer you leave the fennel in the more flavor, so I like to make this ahead and let it sit all day or over night, then strain.
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